Nelson Plan Overview


The operative Nelson Regional Policy Statement and Nelson Resource Management Plan were developed in the 1990s, and the Nelson Air Quality Plan became operative in 2008. While these plans have been subject to some changes, they have not undergone a full review. In November 2013 the Council resolved to embark on a full review. Once prepared, the reviewed document will be called the Whakamahere Whakatū Nelson Plan.

In 2014 the council adopted the Nelson 2060 Strategy, a non-regulatory, community-led vision for Nelson in 2060 followed by 10 goals that will help us achieve that vision. This strategy guides Council in its development of policy, including RMA Plans.

In September 2014, following workshops relating to Whakatū Nelson’s significant resource management issues, Council adopted a range of strategic outcomes. These strategic outcomes have guided work towards the development of a Draft Regional Policy Statement (RPS)  which will set the overall strategic direction for the final Nelson Plan.

In November 2015, feedback was sought (see Live Nelson Issue 416) from the community on the main themes the strategic outcomes sought to address, although people were also encouraged to submit on any resource management issue they felt strongly about. About 300 responses were received on a range of issues and this feedback has helped guide Council officers in developing and structuring the Draft Regional Policy Statement.  A summary of this feedback is available for viewing here (131KB PDF).

In May 2016, Council released the draft RPS for feedback (See Live Nelson Issue 426 (1.7MB PDF))

Nelson Plan progress

Council is currently considering feedback on the RPS, and is workshopping the Plan rules through until late 2017. Key timelines for the RPS and Nelson Plan, including joint release of the documents as drafts for public feedback, and public notification of proposed versions, are currently being revised and will be confirmed soon.